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It has recently been reported in the press that ten members of staff at a hospital in Essex have been suspended followed reports that patients were “dragged, slapped and kicked”. The hospital, which is a mental health unit, was alleged to have subjected patients to both physical and emotional abuse. The incidents were investigated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who found that that the residents of the hospital were subjected to poor care as well as abuse. The police are now investigating the incidents of abuse. The allegations of abuse come after the CQC implemented special measures on the facility at the end of 2019 after it was found that there was inadequate leadership, oversight of safety and poor quality of service. The facility was clearly experiencing difficulties for some time, which raises the question as to why things were allowed to get so bad in this facility?
If anyone was visiting the west end of Glasgow last recently I’m sure you noticed the havoc being caused by the traffic lights being off at the junction of Great Western Road and Byres Road. The lights went off following a large collision at the junction on the Friday. Unfortunately, the collision was enough to cause all of the lights to go off due to signalling faults at one of the busiest junctions in the west end.
Having swept across Gen Z, e-scooters are now navigating the quantum leap into the consciousness of the baby boomer generation. Their convenience and speed as well as lightweight practicalities mean that their use is becoming more prevalent on our roads and footpaths.
The recently quiet revolution of autonomous vehicles has led us to a junction in the road. With the already established car manufacturers such as Tesla, Volvo and Audi changing lanes into the autonomous vehicle market - such other unlikely entrants as Apple, Amazon and Samsung are also making moves in the lucrative industry. However, as with most other socially interactive technologies such as social media, there is a danger that the law could be left behind again - this time by autonomous vehicles.
Survivors of historic child abuse in Scotland have been working for decades to have their voices heard and to receive recognition and acknowledgement of everything they have suffered and everything they’ve had to endure since childhood. Only recently has the law finally been on their side.
Following the deaths of three asylum seekers in Glasgow, a group of local MPs have called for a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the circumstances. While the deaths themselves are not directly connected, those seeking the inquiry consider that they may be linked by systematic failings in the asylum system.
The Leicestershire area has the second highest concentration of textile manufacturing in the UK, with 1,500 businesses employing around 10,000 people.However, big retailers have been reluctant to increase production in the UK due to concerns about the exploitation of workers through unsafe working practices and ‘sweatshop wages’.
The tragic events which unfolded on Wednesday, 12th August in Carmount, Aberdeenshire following the derailment of a passenger train have left many questioning how safe Scotland’s railways are. The railway infrastructure is, in normal circumstances, relied upon by thousands of people across Scotland on a daily basis. The railways in Scotland have been regarded as one of the safest across Europe with the last death prior to this event occurring in 1994.